@Eli It is very encouraging to hear you reaffirm your commitment …

Comment on Town council grapples with Falconio poster: Author hits out at Mayor Ryan by Hal Duell.

@Eli
It is very encouraging to hear you reaffirm your commitment to open government.
Is there any progress on my suggestion the public be allowed to challenge the placement of items into Confidential? It’s not like I am asking to discuss these agenda items out of turn, because I’m not. What I am asking for is the opportunity to ask those officers responsible for placing items in Confidential to publicly explain why they have done so.
Perhaps we can agree too much public business gets swept into secrecy. As a Councillor you can help reverse this trend.

Hal Duell Also Commented

Town council grapples with Falconio poster: Author hits out at Mayor Ryan
It was a bit disappointing to see the immediate default to confidential shown by Crs Melky and Martin. Luckily Mayor Ryan spoke up to calm their fears.
This was the second time in the meeting Cr Melky went to ground. Earlier Cr Douglas was asking a question about the rubbish in Charles Creek, and he was interrupted by Cr Melky with a warning not to say too much.
Is rubbish in public places now a matter to be discussed in confidential?
It still astonishes me how elected officials from all tiers of government campaign on promises of “open” and “transparent”, and yet when elected the predominant sound is that of shutters coming down. Is someone getting in their ear with threats of fines and / or imprisonment, or is it more the lure of knowing something others don’t?
I wonder who the “appropriate body” will be, and if we will be told. Is there a Minister for Media Beat-ups?


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